Scuola Internazionale delle Arti, della Lingua e della Cultura Italiana

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Accademia Europea di Firenze

The best way to learn Italian Language, Culture and Arts in Florence

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an International School of Italian Arts, Language and Culture.
Founded in 2005 as a school of Italian for foreigners, over time it has expanded its offer to Italian art and culture, music and dance.
The AEF also offers Certificate Programs in Voice & Opera, Drawing & Painting and Dance, and a Certificate Program in Italian Language and Culture, Study Abroad Programs in collaboration with prestigious American Universities, Summer and Winter Programs and Joint Academic Programs developed with university institutions all over the world.
The experiential approach and the quality of the professors make this school, strongly rooted in Italian history and culture but endowed with European academic standards, an international environment in the city of the Renaissance and of widespread beauty.
Annique Kiel

Executive Director of Global Engagement and International Programs
Drake University

Annique Kiel is the executive director of global engagement and international programs at Drake University. As the senior international officer, Kiel oversees the strategy for global engagement for the institution, and directs the international programs department. Over the course of her career in international education, she has presented at several regional, national, and international conferences on topics ranging from strategic international partnerships to study abroad program design, and regularly conducts workshops on intercultural competency. Kiel has developed a specialization in programming related to sub-Saharan Africa, and most recently successfully led efforts to bring the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to Drake University and Des Moines in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. She is actively engaged in the Drake campus community, serving on the Strategic Diversity Action Team and the Women in Leadership Committee, among others. She is also active in the field of international education outside of her role at Drake, serving on national and international boards, as well as on a local board of directors for CultureALL, a Des Moines-based non-profit organization providing cultural programming. Kiel received her B.A. in International Studies and French from Central College (IA) and her M.A. in French Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was named an Honorary Fellow in 2012.


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